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for a big deficit reduction and debt reduction package. we were offering a deal that caused for as much discretionary savings as the gang of six. we were calling for taxes that were less than what the gang of six had proposed. and we had -- we were calling for modifications to entitlement programs. this was an extraordinarily fair deal. if it was unbalanced, it was unbalanced in the direction of not enough revenue. nancy pelosi, harry reid, the democratic leadership, they sure did not like the plan that we were proposing to boehnor, but they were at least willing to engage in a conversation because they understood how important it is for us to actually solve this problem. and so far, i have not seen the capacity of the house republicans in particular to make those tough decisions. what a lot of the american people are so disappointed by is this sense that all the talk about responsibility, all the talk about the next generation, all the talk about making sacrifices, that when it comes to actually doing something difficult, folks walk away. here's what we're going to do. we have now run
the government, the smaller the people. and right now we've got a government so big and so expensive it's sapping the drive out of our people and keeping our economy from running at full capacity. the solution to this crisis is not complicated. if you're spending more money than you're taking in, you need to spend less of it. >> it is so elementary and so simple for the republicans, isn't it? boehner's two-step approach is nothing but a joke. for republicans, it all starts and ends with defeating president obama and seeing him fail. just take a look at the title of boehner's plan, "two-step approach to hold president obama accountable"? president obama accountable? did he inherit this? hold it there for just a moment. boehner isn't trying to solve the debt crisis. this is all about making president obama fail. let's dive into boehner's two-step plan. here's number one. cuts that exceed the debt hike. number two, caps to control future spending. now, those two steps seem pretty reasonable. the problem? boehner's two-step plan, you see, really has three more steps to it. number three, a balanced bu
that tim geithner and his chief economist, gene sperling, and jack lou were making one more big push for the big cuts republicans say they want. if they turn their back on those big cuts, the president is in the strongest position to say they are not living up to their principles. >> and there is no chance of them accepting any kind of big deal at all because the president is insisting that there be tax revenue increases in there. so the president knows that he is pushing something that they absolutely cannot agree to. so at this point, what the president does seem to be doing is what you just said, is making his position appear to be the one who wants to do the big move on deficit reduction, and forcing these republicans to back away from big deficit reduction, thereby, he hopes, neutralizing deficit reduction as an issue against him in the presidential campaign. >> well, look, he's talked about deficit reduction all the way through. but remember, it's not just his position here. it's 2/3 of the american public. we have a slew of polls here saying that 2/3 of the american people wan
,000 donors. >> willing to go big here. >> a shock and awe report. >> what a juggernaut this was for the president. >> mr. mcconnell said the day i was elected president, to see me beat. >> now i'm not the only one who knows the president is winning. >> republicans don't have a chance. >> mr. mcconnell who waves the white flag. >> mcconnell squawks, boehner balks, and cantor woes. >> trying to win the spin game. >> the senator republican leader says hey, i got this other nifty back-up plan. >> this is a complete betrayal of the tea party. >> let's be in a position to blame president obama. >> mitch mcconnell trying to become senator majority leader. >> tea party republicans are not exactly on the same page. >> inmates are truly running this asylum. >> we cannot go on scaring the american people. >> piece of legislation. >> this is a misnomer. >> as i fumble for the acronym, it guarantees to keep the promise. >> continue to be challenged by pledges they just can't keep. >> there's something out there called the marriage vow. >> michele bachmann, who attempted to explain w
planned recess next week for the 4th of july. >> mitch mcconnell making a big deal of inviting the president for a chat with no notice with the knowledge he already had plans. >> the president said he wasn't going to change his plaque plans to meet with mitch mcconnell. >> he also invited the president to hear what would not pass. >> is it logic? the republicans are not big on logic. >> if they don't this time, the full faith and credit of the u.s. will be in peril. >> if we don't do that -- wait, what happens again? >> armageddon. >> armageddon. >> armageddon. >> democrats are saying yes to michele bachmann. >> i'm not surprised by how well michele bachmann has done. she comes across as a real person. >> real human moments. very compelling to voters. >> obama's got some magic. >> with the wink and a hug, she's made the majority of the gop field disappear. >> king james called napoleon and together decided to kill america. they sent the nina, pina, and santa maria to fight. >>> and yes to stephen colbert. >> i'm sorry to say, ladies and gentlemen, we won! [ applause ] >> it's s
money problems. >> and big money, big problems? >> gop fund-raisers staying on the sidelines. >> for mitt romney it's 70% maxed out contributions. >> is newt aware he's running for president? >> the arrests continue as the british police close in on rupert murdoch's media empire scandal. >> every day we're seeing more inconceivable things happen. >> abandon ship. in the last 24 hours there have been two high level resignations. zo london's top cop. >> rebekah brooks was released on jail. >> rupert murdoch is supposed to face the scandal head on tomorrow. >> all eyes are trained on parliament tomorrow. >> they're cutting short a trip today to south africa. >> when is he going to do the decent thing and resign? >> congress now has 15 days to pass a bill to raise the debt ceiling before the united states government goes into a catastrophic default on august 2nd. today harry reid announced the senate will meet every day until the debt ceiling is raised. yesterday david rogers of politico discovered and reported that house speaker john boehner and eric cantor held a secret meeting
is a big part of the reason why. before i served in congress, i ran a small business in ohio. i was amazed at;h$ow different washington, d.c. operated than every other business in america, where most american businesses make the hard choices of paying their bills and living within their means, in washington, more spending and more debt is business as usual. i've got news for washington, those days are over. president obama came to congress in january and requested business as usual. he had another routine increase in the national debt, but we in the house said not so fast. he was a president asking for the largest debt increase in history on the heels of the largest spending increase in history. here's what we got from that massive spending binge, a new health care bill most americans didn't ask for, a new spending bill that's more useful for producing material for late night comedians than jobs, and a debt that sparked a crisis without precedent in my lifetime or yours. the united states cannot default on its debt limitations. what we told the president in january was this, the american
this, to where we are now, which is how big a deficit reduction package should accompany it? >> well, as i think the speaker of the house is discovering tonight and is the reality that we all live with here in washington, lawrence, which is that this is a divided government. a two-party system. nobody gets entirely what he or she wants. and, yes, if we had been doing this in the normal way, as has been historically done, there would have been a clean debt ceiling vote, which traditionally has been an unpleasant vote often for members of congress, but routine and noncontroversial and certainly not tied to any kind of deficit reduction package or any other measure for that matter. what happened is that the speaker of the house made clear that -- and republicans in general that they were linking the willingness to raise the debt ceiling to significant deficit reduction. as you know, for a long time, we rejected the link. but because we believe we need to reduce our deficits and get our debt under control. we also worked concurrently as we move through the spring and into the summer on p
different checks. for everything from big ticket items like social security, veterans benefits, and nondefense contracts, to smaller payouts, to folks who are, for example, victims of black lung disease, or people who are railroad retirement board pensioneers. it's 80 million checks every single month. and, again, only about half the money they'll need to make good on all of those payments. so what does treasury do? who gets paid? who doesn't? the bipartisan policy center has laid out a possible scenario in which the treasury department only pays the following bills in august. interest on our debts, social security benefits, medicare and medicaid, defense contracts, and unemployment benefits. just paying those bills, just those, not everything we owe, just those, brings us to about $172 billion. which if you'll remember is all the money that they will have on hand. if only those programs get paid, here, my friends, is what doesn't get paid. military pay for active duty soldiers, veterans affairs programs, salary and benefit for federal employees, department of education, food s
, the smaller the people. and right now we have a government so big and so expensive it is zapping the drive out of our people and keeping our economy from running at full capacity. the solution to this crisis is not complicated. if you are spending more than you are taking in, you need to spend less of it. there's no symptom of government more menacing than our debt. break its grip and we begin to liberate our economy and our future. we're up to the task. and i hope president obama will join us in this work. god blets you and your family and god bless the united states of america. >> that was speaker of the house john boehner responding to the speak address of the president of the united states. called a stalemate over the debt ceiling negotiations. speaker boehnor said there was no stalemate, making the case that there was no stalemate simply because he has been able to pass some bills in the house of representatives only that address this with absolutely no possibility of passing that legislation through the united states senate. ignoring the stalemate, he ignored many of the specifics raised
in the house. >> failing on the big things is something they choose to do. >> we implore them. murdoch is also not taking the blame. >> insisting that he is not to blame. >> london calling. >> tried to pass the buck. >> he doesn't stack up. >> the 80-year-old appeared confused. >> here said yes, i'm in charge. >> someone tried to get i believe to rupert murdoch. >> a man with a shaving cream pie leaps past her husband and attempted to smash rupert murdoch in the face. >> that are looks like a spice. >> can you say it was glitter. >> as the deadline for raising the debt ceiling grows closer, house republicans chose to spend this day in debate and on a floor vote on a bill that the president has promised to veto if it somehow miraculously passed the senate, which it won't. republicans are not calling it the cut cap and balance bill because it drastically cuts spending and caps future spending and would guarantee future balanced guj et through a balanced amendment to the constitution. that would require a $2/3 majority. it was a debate over a bill that would never become law. you couldn't tell th
on the big things is something they choose to do. >> we emplore the other side to get serious. >> when is the house going to stop the charade? >> the gang of six is still trying to lead. >> it's a far cry from the paul ryan budget. >> we thought this was the gang of six, dead and buried. >> now the gang of six is a gang of seven. >> two parts, there's always a second act. >> gotten rave reviews from a lot of folks. frlgs colleagues really liked it. >> when does somebody have to say uncle? >> murdoch is also not taking the blame. >> insisting that he is not to blame. >> london calling. >> tried to pass the buck today. >> just doesn't really stack up. >> the 80-year-old also appeared confused. >> he said yes, i'm in charge of this company. >> somebody jumped over to, i believe, get to rupert murdoch. >> somebody with a pie, wendi murdoch leaped past her husband. >> she's feisty, i've met her. >> if i remember correctly, that looks like a spike. >> you can always say with glitter. >> as the deadline for raising the debt ceiling grows closer by the day, house republicans chose to spend thi
believes that the boehner problem is anything more than a big, wet kiss to the right wing. i mean the tea party. that's what i mean. it's too bad the caucus is run by so little people. >> when i asked the plan, the aids pointed to a speech. congress can't vote on a speech. a veto threat won't prevent default. >> we are urging the republicans to step back, put their party caucuses aside, put their pledges to grover norquist aside and put this country first. >> it's unfair from the president of the united states to lead from behind. it's unfair for the president of the united states not to come forward with a specific plan that, perhaps to be considered by both bodies, but only to go out and give lectures. >> we are not going to hold this country hostage to the tea party. those folks over there, about 80 of them, they pledged to grover norquist. i want to pledge allegiance to the united states of america. that's what we should be doing. >> good morning. it is thursday, july 28th. look at the beautiful shot of new york city. welcome to "morning joe." yes, with us on set -- >> look at him. >>
up with some kind of short-term extension, no big deal, and then everybody's going to blame everybody else for the fact we didn't get anything done. you talk about the gang of six, there's a gang of 300 million out there, the american people, who are completely fed up with this. they elect representatives to take care of housekeeping chores, and this is a grand housekeeping chore, and they are failing at the process of doing it. >> howard, i'm wondering, does the same thing go for -- it is my sense it does. boehnor is actually not the most disappointed guy in the capitol, he knew he was putting together something that wasn't real and that cbo shooting it down is not some big shock to him, that he was just putting together to claim he was putting something together. >> that's true too. maybe there was a smidgen of sincerity there and knowing him and having covered him, but yeah, they both want to be able to say after we all go off the edge of a cliff that it was the other person's fault, and that's exactly the situation we're in right now, and it's a dangerous and unsettling one, begin
committed to a big deficit reduction package because he was always going to include something that was impossible for house republicans? >> but that was -- this is where i bang head on table, right? because i am -- i'm basically a right wing person and if i can get a deal where you preserve the infrastructure of tax rates, you give up something on deductions, schedules, and credits, and you get a democratic president to say i'll go first on medicare, i'll squeeze the providers, or i will make some changes on social security, it won't work when george w. bush leads, but when a democrat leads, okay, but you have to agree in this 1 in 6, 1 in 7 thing that you don't like. i say let's explore. and the president on health care and now again on this debt ceiling, as you say, he may have been very insincere and counting on republican intransigence to save him from his words, but the words were said, the door was there. this could be the moment where republicans got a lot out of a president who asked only a little from them, overconfident they'd say know. we now see he's rightly confid
of that. >> and big surprise, a very, very sharp contradiction in james murdoch's testimony plays out today. and the murdoch response was basically no response at all. >> right. you know, the interesting character to watch there is tom crone, the lawyer. he's made clear that he's not going to be the fall guy here. and if they -- if the murdochs and news corp. try to lay everything on him, because he was the chief lawyer for "news of the world," he's not going to sit idly by. so if the brits are looking for a john dean character in all this, i would think that tom crone is the guy to watch, and the statement today contradicting james murdoch's testimony about that e-mail is the first sign that he may in fact be willing to go there. >> nbc news national investigative correspondent michael isikoff. thank you for joining me tonight, michael. >> thank you, lawrence. >>> coming up, virginia governor bob mcdonald flip-flops on the debt ceiling, even though he never actually understood what the debt ceiling was in the first place. that's in tonight's "rewrite." >>> and later, one of our favor
could save hundreds! yeah, that'll certainly stick with me. we'll take it. go, big money! i mean, go. it's your break, honey. same coverage, more savings. now, that's progressive. call or click today. >>> rupert murdoch's son james is now being accused of not telling the truth during a key part of his testimony to parliament tuesday. during tuesday's testimony, james murdoch said he was never told about a vital email suggesting reporter neville thur elback was involved in phone hacking. but today, collin miler, editor of "news of the world" just before it shut down and tom crone, the paper's former head of legal affairs, said they had told murdoch of the email which included transcripts of hacked voicemails. in a joint statement, they said -- >>> news corp. then issued this statement. >>> news corp. then issued this statement. james murdoch stands by his testimony to the select committee. the committee chairman may ask james murdoch to appear again before parliament to clear up that matter. this cartoon appeared in today's edition of murdoch's british newspaper "the times," under the wor
really big adult moment for the new republican majority and for people who've never been in politics, it's going to be one of those grows moments. it's going to be difficult. i'm certainly well aware of that, but we'll have to find a way to help educate members and help people understand the serious problem that would exist if we didn't do it." john boehner has worked harder and done more than any other republican in the house to, as he put it, educate members and help people understand the serious problem that would exist if we didn't do it. but john boehner's best has not been good enough. he has been elected to the speakership with the votes of economically uneducatable tea party republicans who have no ability to comprehend the seriousness and the necessity of raising the debt ceiling, and so tonight in what john boehner was hoping would be the tea party's "first really adult moment," john boehner has been forced to bring a bill to a vote that he knows is the work of the children in his party, the political peter pans who still, with the united states of america careening towards def
a big solution, a grand solution, the president offered that, it was clear that he could have gotten that deal, in my opinion. the first time that he walked away from the deal, and i'm absolutely convinced, having talked to the president, he could have gotten a deal the second time he walked away. the problem is i think his party wants to play politics, his party irresponsibly wants to hold hostage the credit of the united states and every american's credit to politics. hopefully mr. boehnorรง will return to his original concept that we ought to have a long-term, get us out of the election era, and what he's always said he wants is stability to businesses can count on our policies. well, he's suggested something absolutely the opposite of what he said is good policy. >> congressman hoyer, i appreciate your semantic correction of what i said about the democrats -- >> schumer said that. >> my point about it, though, is that -- and i think senator schumer's point can also be taken is we have a history here now, going back the last few decades, that the party of responsibility, the part
] and this is to remind you that you could save hundreds! yeah, that'll certainly stick with me. we'll take it. go, big money! i mean, go. it's your break, honey. same coverage, more savings. now, that's progressive. call or click today. >>> up next the policy challenges with jared bernstein. later, tim pawlenty continues to talk tough in iowa. that's in the rewrite. >>> congress now has one week left to act. there's still pass forward. the senate introduced a plan to avoid default which makes a down payment and ensures we don't have to go through this again in six months. i think that's a much better approach, although serious deficit reduction would still require us to tackle the tough challenges of entitlement and tax reform. >> that was the president addressing the nation from the east room earlier this evening. joining me now is jerrold bernstein, the former chief economist to vice president biden. he's currently a senior fellow at the center on budget and policy priorities and an msnbc contributor. jared, first of all, let's talk about the policies now that came out on what is called the reid pla
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